GWB and anti-American sentiment

Yes, even in the Anglosphere: around the world, they’re liking us less and less.

In case you were wondering: yes, it’s true that GWB is not just making people abroad angry at him, but damaging the world repute of the United States.

It’s not just France, where 70% of respondents in a poll said their view of the US had become less favorable; that’s also true in Canada (64%), Australia (54%) and Britain (45%). (Bush personally is disliked by 60% of Britons, while only 25% like him. Bush is also making us less popular in Japan (74%) and South Korea (67%).

So tell me, Mr. Bush: Is it our freedom that Canadians hate? Are Australians sympathetic to terrorism? Do the South Koreans not appreciate the risk posed by Kim Jong Il?

Yes, I know that lots of swing voters and lots of Red-state voters think that pissing off the furriners is A Good Thing. But the grownups think otherwise.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com